Landlord’s Failure to Stop Tenants from Attacking Lesbian Violates the Law

Nov 24 2018      On Behalf of  David M. Duree & Associates, P.C.      Uncategorized

The Fair Housing Act prohibits landlords from discriminating against any person with respect to the sale or rental of a dwelling because of race, color, religion, sex, familial status or national origin. The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently ruled that the Act also establishes liability for landlords which have actual notice of tenant-on-tenant harassment based on any protected staus, which includes sexual orientation, but fails to take any reasonable steps within their control to stop the harassment. It is not necessary to establish that the landlord had discriminatory animus toward the victim. Wetzel v. Glen St. Andrew Living Community. ( U.S. Seventh Circuit, August, 2018)